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Challenges made to two candidates' campaign petitions in Monroeville, Pitcairn

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Two campaign petitions filed by Monroeville and Pitcairn candidates were challenged this month by their political opponents.

A petition submitted by Monroeville Council candidate Tom Wilson was challenged by Carolyn Ramsey, who is Wilson's Ward 7 opponent in the May 21 primary. Both are filed as Democrats.

Ramsey challenged that Wilson's statement of financial interest is “defective,” according to county records.

Wilson said Monday that he accidentally omitted a number of items from his petition, not realizing they were required.

“If I would've read the information on the form, I probably would've realized it,” Wilson said.

Information that was omitted included his seat on the Monroeville personnel board and his former seat on the Monroeville Redevelopment Authority. Wilson said he intends to resign from the personnel board if elected. The redevelopment authority was dissolved in 2012 before the group could facilitate any development in Monroeville.

In Pitcairn, council incumbent Rollo Vecchio challenged a petition submitted by Democratic candidate James Rullo, claiming the financial interest statement was filed after the deadline.

Rullo is on the Pitcairn Zoning Board but said he is new to the election process. He said he filed his financial interest statement with Allegheny County on time, but accidentally missed the deadline at the borough building.

“Being a beginner, I had no idea when everything had to be in,” Rullo said. “I turned it in a day later.”

Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph James was scheduled to rule on both challenges March 27, after this paper's deadline. For an update, see

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or

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